~ Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is proud to offer Boston students and schools the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program through the 16th Annual BCYF Spelling Bee.

Public, charter, pilot, parochial schools and home-schooled students are eligible to take part in BCYF's Bee this spring after they have won a Bee held at a Boston school. The program not only helps improve students' spelling skills and broadens their vocabulary, but also provides valuable experience in developing self-confidence.

To get involved, schools must register with Scripps National Spelling Bee online by December 31, 2023 at An enrollment fee of $180 must be paid to Scripps National Spelling Bee and a school spelling bee must be held on or before Friday, February 23, 2024. The winner's name and bio form must then be submitted to BCYF by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024.

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Participants will benefit from exclusive online access to the teachers-only section of; official pronouncer guides for use in conducting classroom and school bees; access to The Great Words, Great Works reading list with all source books; supplemental vocabulary materials for classroom and school levels; customizable certificates for participants and school champion; a one year subscription to Britannica Online for kids; Words of the Champions student study guide for school champions; and a 450 word school spelling bee study list.

The champion of the 16th Annual BCYF Spelling Bee will win a trip to Washington D.C., while all finalists will receive a trophy and second and third place finishers will win an Amazon Fire table and Amazon gift card respectively.

BCYF started this tradition fifteen years ago when it hosted the first citywide Spelling Bee in over 70 years with support from the Boston Bruins Foundation. Each year since then family members, friends, and teachers have proudly cheered on spellers at the Citywide Spelling Bee in March.

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